Nose bleeds are no fun. While some people simply get them time to time because of temperature changes or getting hit in the nose, some people get nose bleeds whether these things happen or not. Many people around the world are bothered by these nasty, out-of-nowhere nosebleeds. So, how do you get rid of a nose bleed? The answers are surprisingly simple.
Why You Get Nose Bleeds
Nose bleeds are caused by a variety of different problems. Most commonly a nose bleed is caused by a drastic change in temperature and/or humidity that shocks your nose’s blood vessels, causing them to break and bleed.
Picking or scratching can also cause the start of a nose bleed, as well as some sort of physical trauma to parts of your face around your nose. This bleeding typically begins from the septum, which is the part of the nose that separates your left and right nostrils.
For example, when you live in a very dry climate; the septum may begin to crack, leading to a nose bleed. A lot of the time you won’t even feel one coming on because they aren’t typically painful at all. Afterwards you may feel some sensitivity; especially when sneezing.
If your nose bleeds still aren’t making much sense to you, you could have some sort of nasal infection causing irritation. People who drink a lot of alcohol or are taking medications with blood-thinning properties are prone to common nosebleeds.
When the problem becomes worse, it’s best to discuss the situation over with your doctor to see if there is something going on with your body that you weren’t previously aware of.
Stop The Bleeding
The most common way to get rid of a nose bleed is to pinch your nose; pressing both nostrils towards your septum. This is going to allow fewer irritants to enter your nose as well as pinch off your blood vessels allowing them to begin the healing process.
While many people think it’s a good idea to lie down or lean back while doing so, this isn’t a good idea because you’re trying to get the blood out of your body, not keep it within. Plus, you don’t want to end up choking or inhaling the blood.
As I’m sure many of you have heard in the past, keep your head elevated and above your heart as much as possible to avoid blood from rushing to your head (ex: if you were to bend down). Breathing through your mouth instead of your nose is important as well.
Most of the time, simply doing this for a few minutes is going to get the job done. If you have to do this a few times, that’s fine as well. However, if you’ve been holding your nose and holding your nose and nothing seems to be helping, you may want to blow your nose gently to try to get out any excess blood or irritants that may be causing your nose to continue to bleed.
If this still isn’t working, you may want to try an ice pack. Hold this over your nose for a few minutes and it should help slow down the blood flow, getting the healing process on the right track.
Talk To Your Doctor
If, for whatever reason, you’re still unable to get your nose bleed to stop, it’s time to talk to your doctor (as mentioned above) because you could have some sort of infection or other medical problem that’s thinning your blood or making your vessels more susceptible to cracks and breaks. Sometimes ointment will be administered allowing your nose to keep from cracking, other times medication may be required.
While you’re waiting for that appointment, take it easy. Do not put too much strain on your body and relax. Since you’re still not sure what’s going on, you don’t want to do anything too drastic that could get your heart rate up.
Hypertension is another cause of nose bleeds, so keep that in mind before your appointment. Is there anything else strange that’s been happening lately? Keep these things in mind when you talk to your doctor.
Let them know of any other bodily changes you have noticed because they may relate and this will help your doctor get to a solution sooner.